Enter William (Bill) and Cindy Gallaher
, founders of Santa Rosa-based Oakmont Senior Living
(OSL), a recognized leader in the retirement industry that's developed more than 30 upscale senior communities throughout the western United States.
Bill has been in the building and development business since the mid 1970s.
Cindy is an experienced manager with credentials that include operating a successful nonprofit (North Bay Adoptions, which she and Bill founded in 1990) and overseeing the OSL design department.
"As adoptive parents of transracial children, we're highly sensitive to the experience of minority groups," explains Cindy
, who's involved in every aspect of design for each OSL project.
"Bill and I had already developed a niche community for Chinese seniors, which had been extremely satisfying both personally and professionally.
We felt that building a community for LGBT seniors would fill an important social need while also providing a challenge for us."
To ensure the project would meet the needs and preferences of its target audience-affluent, educated individuals and couples who identify as LGBT and are age 65 and older-Bill and Cindy
sought the input of LGBT friends and established a formal LGBT advisory group.
"If you're going to deliver superior service to your residents, employees have to feel really good about their jobs," says Cindy Gallaher